Dale Warland & the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale
Posted at 12:30 AM on July 10, 2014
by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Filed under: Choral Music
photo from www.dalewarland.com
It's after midnight and I have to record the hardest piece of choral music I've ever attempted in just under ten hours. I'm sitting here, wide awake at my computer, absolutely wired, thinking about all of the mind-blowing musical experiences I have had the past few days and all the exciting things yet to come. I have studied this man and his legacy for years, but to actually get the opportunity to sing for him and absorb his magic has been humbling and inspiring.
It's a build-up to a weekend of choral music by Vincent
Persichetti, Arvo Pärt and a work by Dominick Argento that Argento is calling
his final composition, and it is dedicated to Dale Warland.
And because I'm in the choir, here's an Inside
Maestro Warland was so pleased with how the choir
was performing that he released us an hour early during Tuesday's final
rehearsal. That has never ever happened.
For an über-perfectionist like Dale Warland to be so pleased to allow his choir
to go one hour early means he must be feeling pretty good about the concerts
coming up this weekend in Winona
. As I understand it, Sunday's concert is
basically sold out and tickets for Saturday's concert are selling quickly.
One hour before each program, Classical Minnesota
Public Radio's Brian Newhouse will host a pre-concert talk with Dale Warland.
Sneak Peek of the Program
Photos by Jake Runestad